Pictured (L-R) John Vasconcellos, CFSEMA President; Rayana Grace, CFSEMA Arts & Culture Program Manager; Lindsay Miś, Executive Director of DATMA; Roger Mandle, DATMA Co-Founder and Board Chair; and Pam Evans, CFSEMA Director of Finance and Administration
New Bedford, M.A. – The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) was awarded their first grant of $27,500 from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA) recently. The funding will directly support DATMA’s upcoming public art installations, including their inaugural exhibit, Summer Winds, taking place in New Bedford in summer 2019.
Roger Mandle, past president of the Rhode Island School of Design, is chair of the DATMA Board of Trustees while longtime New Bedford resident and local artist Lindsay Miś will lead the organization as Executive Director.
The 21st century “non-collecting” museum aims to present international contemporary art exhibitions and programming showing the impact of new technologies on art and design and highlighting cultural life in the SouthCoast region and beyond. Exhibitions will focus on contemporary art, architecture, textiles, fashion design and industrial design. Summer Winds, the museum’s first installation, will draw inspiration from the growing wind energy industry in New Bedford through exhibitions and programs developed by local, regional and international artists.
“This grant represents a huge step toward planning our first installation in the city and establishing our presence in the SouthCoast arts scene,” said Lindsay Miś, DATMA Executive Director. “We are grateful to CFSEMA for investing in New Bedford’s arts community and supporting DATMA’s mission.”
CFSEMA is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts, especially New Bedford, Fall River and Southern Plymouth County. CFSEMA matches donors with cultural, educational and humanitarian organizations in the community. Since 1995, they have contributed over $25 million to the region’s arts and culture scene.
“We are excited by the programming DATMA has planned for 2019 and beyond, and the momentum that they are gaining. They are a powerful addition to the civic fabric of New Bedford,” said John Vasconcellos, President of CFSEMA.